Latest Freedom of religion News

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

Nov. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EST

GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees. The lawsuit by the Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignement challenges a state secularism law passed this year...

Ohio House OKs bill expanding religious freedom in schools

Nov. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-dominated Ohio House has approved a bill expanding religious freedom in public schools and allow students to engage in religious expression in their school assignments. The measure was sent to the Senate Wednesday after a 61-31 vote. The bill would remove a current...

Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

The Latest: Assembly declares evergreen is Christmas tree

Nov. 12, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on an Assembly resolution recognizing Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week (all times local): 4:10 p.m. The state Assembly has passed a resolution declaring the giant evergreen the state Department of Administration places in the state Capitol every December is...

Wisconsin governor returns 'holiday tree' name to evergreen

Nov. 8, 2019 4:45 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has gone back to calling the evergreen on display at the state Capitol a holiday tree, reversing his predecessor who declared it a Christmas tree. The state Department of Administration places a huge evergreen in the Capitol rotunda every year ahead of...

Syria crisis tests Trump's global religious freedom vows

Oct. 18, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

The Turkish invasion of northern Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal from the region could put to the test Trump's stated commitment to global freedom of worship for religious minorities. The fighting between the Turks and Kurds has raised fears for the safety of Syrian Christians,...

Pompeo talks religious freedom in Nashville speech

Oct. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday continued to raise the alarm about religious freedoms around the world, receiving a warm welcome in Tennessee as his department faced heightened scrutiny amid the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The top U.S. diplomat...

Judge’s hug not embraced by all after Dallas officer’s trial

Oct. 3, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Judges don’t usually hug convicted murderers in the courtroom or hand them Bibles before sending them off to prison. That is what made Judge Tammy Kemp’s actions so extraordinary in the closing moments of the trial of a white former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her...

Colorado assisted suicide fight headed back to state court

Oct. 3, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A legal battle over Colorado's assisted suicide law will be fought in state court, the venue favored by a terminally ill man and a doctor fired for trying to help him end his life. U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock said Thursday that he agreed with Centura Health that the case raises...

In Italy, Pompeo can't escape Washington impeachment furor

Oct. 2, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was supposed to be a day of routine diplomacy, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn't escape the furor back in Washington surrounding the House impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Just before Pompeo visited the Colosseum, he held a news conference on Wednesday with his...